The American Spectator

American Spectator is a monthly trade magazine published by the American Spectator Foundation. Founded in 1967, the magazine covers politics, culture and current events.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 3, March

About This Month
"It would bother me greatly if Clinton was still messing around after the '6o Minutes' interview," Michael Kinsley wrote back in late 1993, in a column attacking "David Brock's dishonesty" and those who allowed themselves (unfortunate choice of words...
A Menace to Society
The Boy President's State of the Union speech, delivered midst the whirl of fresh scandals, was suitably infantile. Again he reminds us of his legendary youth, the barefoot boy growing up with &ramps. He lays on the whoppers, "we have a smaller government"...
A Pension for Politics
If the Iowa McCaughey family of septuplet fame has already made a personal contribution to strengthen the demographic trends that favored Republicans, Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian of California is making a political one: He is leading a national effort...
Correspondence
Fighting the Conspiracy Why don't you right-wing extremists drop dead! If you think the people of this country are stupid enough to buy the distorted, one-sided bulls- that you print in this rag of yours then you are gravely mistaken. Long live the Democrats...
Cutting the Nixon Tapes
How easily Nixon bashers like Stanley Kutler forget that this was a war president. The Nixon-haters have finally had their bacchanal. In November 1996, 201 hours of Watergate tapes-every minute of the 3,700 hours of Nixon White House recordings that...
Dropping the Big One
Four years it took to confirm what we already knew. For once the White House was right: There had been a rush to judgment; everyone wanted to get in on the act, Dan Rather was in Havana, talking about the Pope's visit as a "history-making event," but...
Hello, Larry
Saturday A breakthrough day in the life of Tommy Stein and his Dad. Off to the soccer semifinals in Rancho Park, a large park near Twentieth Century Fox studios. Tommy is playing center defense man and he is playing brilliantly. He is rushing up to the...
Iraq's Yellow Rain
The weapons behind the latest crisis. What terror weapon is Saddam Hussein hiding from U.N. inspectors, even at the risk of renewed U.S. bombing? The evidence points to a new form of one of the nastiest villains of the Cold War, Yellow Rain. This blistering,...
Juror Furor
Johnnie Cochran isn't why juries have become a joke. Johnnie Cochran was on the radio, signifying. About the O.J. trial, of course, on some local talk show. He was very smooth and very persuasive and as I drove along the blacktop, listening to that mellow...
Obestiality
America has the weight of its weight on its shoulders. After blacks (or, if you prefer, persons of color) and gays (persons of orientation) and women (persons of gender), it was inevitable that one day fat people would also call for an end to discrimination....
Old News
With January's squalid accounts of still more White House cuties, this amazing man that we call president has taken us 36o degrees, right back to where we started four years ago in January 1994. In fact, some of the very same stories that The American...
Reviving the Great Game
The Grand Chessboard: American Policy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives. Zbigniew Brzezinski Basic Books / 223 pages / $26 REVIEWED BY David Aikman It was just six years ago that the hammer- and-sickle flag atop the Kremlin came down for the last time....
Reviving the Pre-Oklahoma City Debate
The Great American Gun Debate: Essays on Firearms and Violence Don Kates, Jr. and Gary Kleck Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy/300 pages/$19.95 No More Wacos: What's Wrong With Federal Law Enforcement and How to Fix It David B. Kopel and Paul...
Someone for Everyone
TR: The Last Romantic H.W Brands Basic Books / 897 pages /$35 The president who built a bridge to the twentieth century was a Republican aristocrat from New York named Theodore Roosevelt. It would be difficult to think of anyone with fewer personal and...
The End of Argument
If politics doesn't matter, why should anyone care? On Super Bowl Sunday, when everyone in the country was talking about the Boy President's recently revealed amorous cavortings with a Miss Monica Lewinsky, the New York Times Magazine published articles...
The First Lady of Anti-Anti-Communism
Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady: Richard Nixon vs. Helen Gahagan Douglas Greg Mitchell Random House /316 pages /$25 This is a work of politically correct historical narcissism. "America at mid-century experienced a year like no other. It has been called...
The Truth about Bill's Lies
EVEN BILL CLINTON'S ENEMIES MARVEL AT HIS ABILITY TO STRETCH THE TRUTH. BUT WILL HIS DAMAGE CONTROL GENIUS BE ENOUGH TO GET HIM THROUGH THE MONICA LEWINSKY SCANDAL? Bill Clinton couldn't have asked for a friendlier crowd. It was October 28, 1992, little...
To Baku and Back
The Great Game in the pursuit of expensive oil. Like Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush, I recently joined the list of those panning for oil in the murky waters of the Caspian Sea. In the company of other prospectors, some lined with fur and others whispering...
Unbroken Windows: The Good News on Crime
Perhaps it is foolish to be optimistic, but the news on crime of late is not all that bad. First and foremost, crime is finally going down. According to FBI statistics, the overall crime index has declined ii percent since 1991 and is now the lowest...
Unpatriotic Gore
A sober look at the man who would be president. As I write, Hurricane Monica is erupting, and it is difficult to predict the state of the Clinton White House a month from now. There's just one point about Bill and Hillary that I want to make. Even before...
We Told Them So; Sick Chicks; Guess Who Came to Dinner
January passes and so does all that pious talk about The American Spectator's "silly obsession with the Clintons." In fact at the end of the month Mr. Sam Donaldson and various Washington wisenheimers were actually talking about the passing of the Clintons....
When Country Wasn't Drivel
Nashville Tootsie's Orchid Lounge is paradise this Saturday afternoon. A trio of tourist gals from Chicago has accepted the band's invitation to come on stage and imitate swaying palm trees during a countrified rendition of "Margaritaville," for which...